Apr 062018
 

Of Austen, Ancestry, and Adapting

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Gift from Author

Ever wonder what modern-day descendants of Jane Austen’s family think of her? What are their opinions on her work and celebrated fame? How does it feel to be related to one of the world’s most celebrated writers? How has it impacted or influenced their lives? If your answers are yes, here is a book for you.

Jane Austen’s fifth great-niece, Caroline Jane Knight, descendant of Jane’s brother Edward (who is responsible for bringing Jane to Chawton Cottage) candidly and courageously tells the story of her life in her memoir Jane and Me: My Austen Heritage. She shares in vivid detail the pleasures and delights of growing up in the ancestral home of Chawton House, an estate that has been in the Knight family for 400 years. But she also shares the heartbreaking account of how her family had to leave Chawton just after she turned seventeen and the uncertain and unexpected direction her life took after facing such an upsetting upheaval. This memoir tells of Caroline Knight’s journey – her memories, her successes, her challenges, and her discoveries. Continue reading »

Jan 082018
 

Enriching, Immensely Handsome, and Informative!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Purchased

For five years now I’ve made it a tradition to spend my Christmas break reading an annotated edition of a Jane Austen novel, and each year I treasure the time I spend reading these editions that enhance and elucidate the writing I already adore and admire! I’ve been alternating between the annotated editions by Harvard University Press and the annotated series by David Shapard. This year it was HUP’s turn and I chose Sense and Sensibility: An Annotated Edition edited by Patricia Meyer Spacks (who did the edits for HUP’s Pride and Prejudice: An Annotated Edition. Continue reading »

Jul 262017
 

Interactive, Inviting,  and Informative

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Gift from Brother

This attractive coffee-table sized biography has long caught my eye for many reasons. One, being the superb and striking color of the cover (I love purple!), Secondly, because it is by Janet Todd, who is well-known for her many scholarly works on Jane Austen and other female authors. And finally, because it comes with removable memorabilia! In recognition of the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s passing this month, I thought reading about Jane Austen, her life, her times…and her novels would be a most apropos way to remember and commemorate her. 😉 Continue reading »